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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Barbara Caruso's engaging descriptions of Green Gables, a farm on Prince Edward Island, takes listeners there as they make the acquaintance of a special 11-year-old, Anne Shirley. Caruso also perfectly captures feisty Marilla Cuthbert and her shy brother, Matthew, who begins most of his sentences with a hesitant, old-fashioned "Well now . . ." Her best creation is Anne, who displays exuberance or the depths of despair, depending on the situation. The friends and neighbors Anne meets in her new home are realistic as they warm to her sweet nature. Listeners will enjoy meeting orphan Anne and her unlikely new family.
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Publisher's Summary

This endearing, heartwarming book has charmed generations of children and parents since it was first published in 1908. A true literary classic, Anne of Green Gables has given the world the spunky, irrepressible little girl who Mark Twain hailed as "the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice." To date, more than 50 million copies of the books in the series have been sold. On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is. The independent and fiery girl, Anne, changes the Cuthberts' lives immeasurably, and for the better.
Originally published in 1908; (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"The sweetest creation of child life yet written." (Mark Twain)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 05-26-06

kindred spirit

I love the book, as it is an old favorite, and I really like the reader! She really brings out the spirit of Anne and all the other characters! The reader truely understands what it means to be a kindred spirit! I really enjoyed this reading of Anne of Green Gables!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-10-17

EVERY SUCEEDING THRILL WAS THRILLER THAN THE LAST

I'M I TALKING TOO MUCH?
Another great selection from the kids section. Anne, which should always be spelled with an E., is a very talkative, red headed eleven year old orphan. Anne thinks she is ugly and she has been told that to her face by adults, but she does not let that get her down, matter of fact, she is one of the most positive minded people you will ever meet. IF YOU CAN'T BE CHEERFUL, BE AS CHEERFUL AS YOU CAN.

YOUR BOTH QUEER ENOUGH, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU MEAN BY KINDERED SPIRTS.
Anne's adoptive mother, although she is always called by her first name, and never called mother, finds it necessary to bring the daydreaming overly dramatic Anne down to Earth. It is harder to tell who has a bigger influence on who though.

THERE IS NOTHING MORE AGGRAVATING THAN A MAN WHO WON'T TALK BACK, UNLESS IT IS A WOMAN WHO WON'T TALK BACK
The adopting father, who is also called by his first name and never dad, is the strong silent type. He is deafly scared of females, but easily falls for Anne. He was expecting a boy to help him on the farm, but Anne's honesty and wonderful outlook on life captures his soul. Without saying a word or putting down his foot, he lets his wife know, he wants Anne to stay.

I PUT MY HAND TO THE PLOW AND I AIN'T LOOKING BACK
I have had this in my library for a year and a half. I bought it in some sale. I was worried about it being a kid's book and it being so long in comparison to most kid books. Silly of me, as I always have better luck in liking the kid's books. I honestly think, a lot of them are better written, than adult books.

IT'S BEEN THE DREAM OF MY LIFE, WELL ATLEAST FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS
Caruso is excellent. I believe there are 62 different recordings of this book available. Some may be as good as this, but I can't see any of them being better.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Holly on 10-09-08

Very comforting

I suffer from regular bouts of insomnia, and I purchased these audio books to listen to when I can't sleep. Anne of Green Gables was a perfect choice - it is entertaining, but gentle enough to allow me to fall asleep. It is well read, and the character voices are all very good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 01-31-15

Feel good story

I read this because a friend of mine has loved all the Anne books as her favourites since childhood. I thought I should see what all the fuss was about! This was a good read. I really loved the character of Marilla, perhaps because she reminded me a little of myself?! Anne I found quite annoying as she never shuts up, but she grew on me, and in the end I cared what happened to her. The story is beautifully written, and I even shed a tear near the end when one of the characters died. I immediately downloaded the next in the series, Anne of Avonlea.

A word to the English who are considering which narrator to chose - I find some American/Canadian narrators too American (sorry to sound racist), but Barbara Caruso was very easy on the ear, nice clear pronunciation and enough differentiation between characters without resorting to silly voices, two thumbs up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Perri on 01-17-18

An old favourite

What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

The narrator's performance on this particular book is fantastic, I love it. (Though it may be nostalgia, as it's the version I had growing up.)

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